Description of Clinical Expertise
I continue to be fascinated by all subspecialties of neurology. For this reason, I enjoy seeing general neurology patients, especially disorders of the spinal cord. Following my residency training, I completed a neuromuscular fellowship here at the University of Pennsylvania and obtained certification from the Amerian Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in neuromuscular medicine. Thus, I have additional expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the peripheral nervous system, such as radiculopathy, mononeuropathies, polyneuropathy, myopathy, motor neuron disease and disorders of neuromuscular junction transmission. I have published articles on polyneuropathy following gastric bypass surgery, neuromyotonia, POEMS syndrome, and reviews of peripheral neuropathy. I am also certified by the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine in electromyography, which I perform weekly. For the last 2 years, I have been a member of the winning Neurobowl team at the American Academy of Neurology national meeting, which is a competition assessing the ability of the participants to rapidly and accurately diagnose uncommon neurologic diseases.
Description of Additional Expertise
I have been involved in neurology residency education at the University of Pennsylvania since 2008. In 2012, I transitioned from the associate neurology residency director to the neurology residency director. I am particularly interested in improving the efficiency of education delivery during residency and formal training in non-clinical domains, such as career development. Over the last 7 years, I have had the pleasure to participate in the mentorship and training of almost 100 neurology residents. The vast majority of these residents are now in faculty positions at academic medical institutions and universities. During their training, I teach residents in a variety of clinical settings, weekly in their outpatient continuity clinic and on the wards at least 3 times per year. I give more than 20 different didactic lectures to the residents each year in addition to monthly bedside teaching rounds, morning report, and neuroradiology and neuropathology case conferences. In 2010, I was honored to receive the University of Pennsylvania Neurology Residents teaching award. I also give yearly neurology lectures to the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of medicine students and residents from the departments of internal medicine, family medicine, and physiatry. At a national level, I have participated in the Resident experience at the annual American Academy of Neurology meetings for the last 2 years and have been a member of the American Academy of Neurology Residency-In-Training Examination Committee since 2013. From a medical education research perspective, I have published interesting cases in the Neurology Resident and Fellow's section as well as the New England Journal of Medicine as well as original research on electronic medical records, reducing missed appointments in residents' clinics, and mentored peer review. I also frequently participate and lead discussions in the monthly University of Pennsylvania interdisciplinary medical education journal club. Finally, I am active in providing continuing medical education to the community as the Co-director of the University of Pennsylvania Neurology Board Review course and speaker in the University of Pennsylvania Neurology for the non-neurologist course.